Definition of livid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlivid/


1Furiously angry: he was livid at being left out
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  • He was livid, furious at his father and his anger grew with every tear his mother shed.
  • Ryder was seriously moving past furious to livid.
  • Both were angry, more livid than she could imagine.
2Dark bluish gray in color: livid bruises his face went livid, then purple
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  • It was a livid blue colour although sometimes it melded through a shocking purple into a bright red.
  • His body in livid bruises is depicted against the background of Poland's national flag.
  • They were also concerned that Mrs Holland had a livid bruise on her jaw and had lost a tooth as a result of an assault the previous week.
purplish, bluish, dark, discolored, purple, grayish-blue;
angry, black and blue



Pronunciation: /ləˈvidədē/
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  • Breaking waves ride over each other reddened by the lividity of a fulminous sky, mount and collapse, as they wrest down a tall toppling ship not far out of landfall.


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  • I was satisfied by the finger marks on Matt's face, the scratches where my nails had ripped into his skin, leaving tiny beads and thin trails of blood that glowed lividly on his bruised face.
  • Each scene is topped by a glossy, cloudless, lividly colored sky.
  • His acquaintance hissed lividly at the sound of Birdie's surname.


Example sentences
  • I tried not to blush, more so from my lividness with Cooper for even hinting to Katie that I had a crush on her.
  • She crossed her arms roughly, an intense expression of lividness seen on her almost angelic features.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'of a bluish leaden color'): from French livide or Latin lividus, from livere 'be bluish'. The sense 'furiously angry' dates from the early 20th century.

  • First recorded meaning ‘of a bluish leaden colour’, livid comes from Latin lividus, from livere ‘be bluish’. It was often used to describe the skin of someone cold or very ill. The sense ‘furiously angry’ dates from the early 20th century.

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Syllabification: liv·id

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